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Fun Festivals – Wife Carrying Championships

 

The best way to carry the wife

Ronkainen, a legendary Finnish robber of the 1700s, had would-be gang members carry a heavy woman over an obstacle course to prove their strength. The annual wife-carrying championships in Sonkajaarvi, Finland derive from this test. Wife carrying is not an Olympic sport. However, synchronized swimming is.

Couples race around a track well stocked with obstacles such as logs and a deep pool. At one time, the woman in the event had to be the man’s wife, but neighboring women are allowed. The designated wife must weigh 49 kilograms or 108 pounds. You might think a good wife for this race would be as tiny as possible. But no, the winners earn the wife’s weight in beer. The wife must also be at least seventeen-years old. The entry fee as press time was 50 Euros.

Olympians and marathon runners compete alongside, amateurs, and strange couples on their honeymoons. This seems unfair, but in some respects, the Wife Carrying Championship remains a wide-open sport. And oh my gosh, in addition to the regular race, there is a relay race as well. Root heartily for you favorite team.

Add in the karaoke events, you’ll want to return time and time again. And not just to Finland. National championships exist in America, Britain, Germany, India, Hong Kong, and Australia. Surely, there must be a wife-carrying race near you.

Oh no, the 2021 championship was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. Middle of next summer, then.

See you there

– Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef, Ph.D., travel guru

My cookbook, Following Good Food Around the World, with its 180 wonderful recipes, my newest novel, Do Lutheran Hunks Eat Mushrooms, a hilarious apocalyptic thriller, and all my other books, are available on amazon.com.

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The Hottest New Sport – Bowling With Oranges

 

Bowling is a fine sport. Many people are great at it. Many more enjoy it. But let’s face it. It’s expensive. Your costs are:

1) Buying a bowling ball for $50 to $160 or suffer with the ones the bowling alley provides.
2) Buying bowling shoes or $60 to $250 or rent the grungy ones the bowling alley provide for maybe $5.
3) Renting a bowling lane each an every time you wish to bowl for $4 to $10 per outing
4) Gas money and wear and tear on your care.

If only there were a cheaper way to bowl.

I’m glad you spoke up. Meet the latest must-play sport:

Bowling With Oranges

How could you not want to switch from bowling balls to bowling with oranges? Oranges cost maybe 30 cents a pound. You can eat your orange after the bowling is over. Can you do that with a bowling ball? No, I didn’t think so. Unlike with a bowling ball, you won’t need to go to the hospital when you drop an orange on your foot. You can also make juice with an orange, another advantage for the fruit.

The outlay for orange bowling is minimal. In addition to the tiny cost of the oranges, there is only the one-time outlay of buying small plastic, or wooden, bowling tins. Even this will only set you back five dollars. There are no bowling alley fees. Simply clear off your dining-room tables, and voilà, you have your own bowling alley. As for bowling shoes, just keep your shoes on.

And by gosh, bowling with oranges is so much fun. Form orange-bowling leagues and surrender yourselves to unbridled fun.

 

– Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef, Ph.D.

My cookbook, Following Good Food Around the World, with its 180 wonderful recipes, my newest novel, Do Lutheran Hunks Eat Mushrooms, a hilarious apocalyptic thriller, and all my other books, are available on amazon.com.

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